"Ageing well" find out more about City4Age Project

22 Jul 2016

City4Age is a 30-month EU-funded research project involving several European laboratories, companies and municipalities. It aims at developing solutions for mild cognitive impairments and frailty in the elderly population, with the city as its scale of action

Both in Europe and in Singapore, societies are facing the combined pressure of a shrinking workforce and an ageing population whose well-being must be guaranteed. We believe that the city is the right scale of action to build effective support systems that both reduce the demand for elderly-care workforce while creating an inclusive environment for the elderly within their community. We envision user-friendly, minimally invasive solutions that detect early signals of frailty, mild dementia and behaviour changes to allow for prolonged ageing in place and improved well-being. Being a major member of the City4Age project allows us to develop these solutions in a collaborative environment with our European partners, while deploying and testing them in Singapore.

IPAL coordinates the Singapore pilot site that focuses on encouraging social activity for an engaged community in the HDB. It is also in charge of the validation plan for the City4Age end solution and business use cases (Prof Mounir Mokhtari is the project exploitation manager).

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French Légion d'Honneur conferred to A*STAR Chairman Lim Chuan Poh

8 Jul 2016

On July 7th, Mr Lim Chuan Poh received the medal of the Légion d'Honneur, a high French distinction, from H.E. the Ambassador Dubertret, for his major contribution to the Singapore-France relationship in the field of research and development.

Photo : Ambassade de France à Singapour

14th edition of IPAL-founded conference ICOST - Wuhan, 25-27 May

25 Jun 2016

ICOST is a top venue to present to, discuss and network with key researchers and stakeholders in the fields of smart environments, assistive technologies, robotics and health telematics systems. The conference welcomes participants with academic, clinical, industrial and policy background as well as caregivers and end-users to foster integrative approaches around a dynamic and hands-on program mixing keynotes and presentations with a healthy dose of demonstrations and technical exhibits.
Two worshops were held jointly: IW-SMART on smart rehabilitation technologies, and IW-MOHES on mobile health services.

Keynote speeches were delivered by:

  • Prof Michael Lightner, VP for Academic Affairs, University of Colorado, USA
  • Dr Simon M. Lin, Chief Research Information Officer at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, USA
  • Dr Warren A. Kibbe, Director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology, NCI, USA
  • Alain Costes, Director of Standardization at AFNOR, France
  • Prof Sylvain Allano, Chief Scientific Officer at PSA Peugeot Citroën, France

Please refer to the ICOST website for more information, like the ICOST Facebook page for the latest updates and follow the Twitter handle @ICOST_conf for the live feed.

This edition was organised with the support of Renault, a major stakeholder in Wuhan.

IPAL hosts International Workshop on Translational Medicine for Ageing and Well-Being - 19 May 2016

20 May 2016

On 19 May 2016, IPAL welcomed its local and international research partners for a one-day international Workshop on Translational Medicine for Ageing and Well-Being. Find live-tweets and pics at @IPAL_SG.

8:30 am: Welcome coffee

Welcome address: Mounir Mokhtari, IPAL CNRS, Singapore

9:00 am: Session 1 – Sharing worldwide knowledge and experiences

Invited speakers
• Australian ecosystem on active ageing and wellness
Anne Livingstone, Global Community Resourcing, Australia
• Ambient Intelligence
Mohanraj Karunanithi, CSIRO, Australia
• Assistive technologies for ageing people with mild dementia
Bessam Abdulrazak, Sherbrooke University, Canada
• European Ageing and Wellbeing initiative
Maria Fernanda Cabrera, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain

10:30 - 11:00 am: Coffee break - Networking

11:00 am: Session 2 – Singapore as a Smart Nation

Invited speakers
• IoT for Smart Living and Ageing-Well
Mounir Mokhtari & Fabien Clavier, IPAL CNRS
• Health monitoring and clinical studies - Perspectives from Eldercare
Jit Biswas, A*STAR I²R
• Challenges of the Senior Activity Centre
Julia Lee, TOUCH Community Services

11:45 am: Panel discussion – Translational research from Innovation to Industry: Which

societal and economic impacts?
Chair: Mounir Mokhtari, IPAL CNRS, Singapore
Invited panelists from: Dassault Systèmes, Airbus innovation, HDB, Integrated
Health Information Systems, AXA, NUS Enterprise, French Embassy

12:30 pm: Lunch - buffet

2:00 pm: Demos @ STAR HOME: Smart Living lab for Ageing & Wellbeing
4:00 pm: Informal discussion over coffee - Networking
5:00 pm: Closing of the workshop

NRF CEO Professor Low Teck Seng receives top French honour

25 Mar 2016

Prof Low received the medal of the Légion d'Honneur, the highest order of distinction in France, in recognition of his significant contribution to the scientific collaboration between Singapore and France, during a ceremony at the Embassy of Singapore in Paris on 17 March 2016.

It took place during a visit of a delegation of the National Research Foundation in France, which was received at the CNRS headquarters as well as Institut Mines-Télécom, two of UMI IPAL's partners.


Adapted from an article by CNRS@ASEAN - follow link for Prof Low's short biography.
Clik here to read the press release by the NRF

Photo credit: Vijayaganesh CHELVA KUMAR (MFA, Singapore)

NRF representatives visit UMI IPAL's founding institutes CNRS and IMT

24 Mar 2016

CEO of NRF Prof Low Teck Seng, Ambassador of Singapore to France Mr Zainal Arif Mantaha and Director of CREATE Dr Lim Khiang Wee visited Institut Mines-Télécom on 18 March. They met IMT CEO Philippe Jamet,  Deputy CEO Francis Jutand, Director for Research & Innovation Christian Roux, and Director for International Affairs Michel Pavageau.
UMI IPAL facilitated the meeting, that was focused on the industry of the future.

Adapted from IMT website
Photo credit: Institut Mines Télécom

The event followed a work meeting at CNRS headquarters, founding institute of IPAL, exploring ways to deepen collaboration ties.
Photo credit: CNRS


CNRS President Alain Fuchs visits IPAL

20 Nov 2015

Alain Fuchs, President of the French Centre for Scientific Research, one of the founding members of IPAL, visited the lab @ ICube on the NUS campus on November 6th, 2015. IPAL's research topics were presented by our PhD students in the presence of its CNRS supervisory institutes: Jean-Yves Marzin, direcotr of INSIS, and Anne Doucet, Director of International Relations for INS2I.
More information of the LKYDVP website.


IPAL @ France Singapore Innovation Days - IOT as a smart nation enabler

19 Nov 2015

IPAL took part in the France Singapore Innovation Days that took place from November 11 to 13. This sixth edition focused on IoT, M2M & Robotics, and the workshop introduced by IPAL's director Prof Mounir Mokhtari specifically on IoT as a Smart Nation enabler. The event gathered C-level decision makers to connect them with French businesses and innovators. More information on the FSID website.


IPAL connecting to the French business network in Singapore

1 Nov 2015

The French Chamber of Commerce in Singapore R&D committee visited IPAL's Star Home and I²R's smart nation room for a demo-packed tour on October 9, followed by a delegation from Business France and the French Embassy on October 28.

Urban planning and healthcare services professionals were able to get close to the latest innovation in ambient assisted living.


© CNRS / H Vincent

Horizon 2020 City4Age project granted EU approval!

1 Nov 2015

City4Age will enable Ambient Assisted Cities helping older people dealing with mild cognitive impairment or frailty maintain their independance for longer. Leveraging on unobstrusive collection of more (and more frequent) data on individual behaviours, the project will facilitate the role of social and health services as well as family and caregivers through early detection of risks and design of effective interventions.

The first and core objective of City4Age is to enable Ambient Assisted Cities or Age-friendly Cities, where the urban communities of elderly people living in Smart Cities are provided with a range of ICT tools and services that – in a completely unobtrusive manner – will improve the early detection of risks related to cognitive impairments and frailty while they are at home or in the move within the city.
The second objective is to provide a range of associated tools and services which – with the appropriate interventions – will mitigate the detected risks.
The final objective of C4A is to define a model which will provide sustainability and extensibility to the offered services and tools by addressing the unmet needs of the elderly population in terms of:

  1. detecting risks related to other health type problems,
  2. stimulating and providing incentives to remain active, involved and engaged,
  3. creating an ecosystem for multi-sided market by matching needs and their fulfillments,
  4. contributing to the design and operation of the ultimate Age-friendly City, where the city itself provides support for detecting risks and providing interventions to those affected by mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and frailty.

More information on City4Age in our project section.